The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Rarely exhibited photographs by Hiro on view at Hamiltons
Sands of Agadir, Morocco, 1970 © Hiro.


LONDON.- Hamiltons presents the work of esteemed photographer Hiro, selected from his diverse and dynamic oeuvre. The majority of prints in this exhibition have not been previously editioned, so have never been publicly seen outside of the magazine pages until now. The exhibition consists of two parts: his rarely exhibited black and white photographs in the front gallery, and his vibrant colour work in the second gallery.

Known for the originality of his photographs, Hiro’s photographic career began at Harper’s Bazaar in New York as a fashion, still-life and portrait photographer. Shortly after arriving in America from Japan in 1954, Hiro landed an apprenticeship in Richard Avedon’s studio. Avedon soon sent Hiro to legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch after he proved too talented not to work independently, and within a few years Hiro had risen to extraordinary fashion photography heights. Hiro began working under Brodovitch in 1956 and in 1963 he became the only photographer under contract at Harper’s Bazaar, a position he kept for the next ten years. Now in his 80’s, although no longer under contract, Hiro continues to take assignments with the magazine. Hiro has lived up to Brodovitch’s dictum, ‘If you look in your camera and see something you’ve seen before, don’t click the shutter.’ In January 1982 American Photographer magazine devoted their entire issue to Hiro, asking the question “Is this Man America’s Greatest Photographer?” Richard Avedon described Hiro as ‘a visitor all his life’, enabling Hiro, neither completely Eastern or Western to document both cultures in his work with a perception that only comes from a certain detachment.

Hiro’s work is characterised by surprises, abnormalities, unusual lighting, Surrealism, the unreal and an astounding and constant vision. Hiro sees beauty in the extraordinary, and this is evident from the selection in the present exhibition. Part of Hiro’s genius lies in his ability to transform ‘the most mundane objects or delicate features... A toenail, the pupil of an eye, a mouth or a light-switch are seen with the same concentration. Concentration is Hiro’s most obvious quality. When he takes the whole theater of fashion to the beach, he returns with a metaphysical contemplation.’ (Mark Holborn) To look at a photograph of Hiro’s is to come face to face with a picture rife with unusual lighting effects, surprising angles, juxtaposing elements and bold colours.

Hiro’s method is punctuated by his preparation and unrelenting precision. His exactitude is not, however, a hindrance to his creativity nor an unnecessary obsession, but rather the means to his creativity and innovation. Hiro’s assistants always pass the camera to his left hand when he is photographing. This meticulousness is all part of Hiro’s ritual of focusing and ‘intensifying the gaze’. His preparation is second to none; the research conducted for a fashion shoot is worthy of ‘an intelligence operation or a social science exercise. He is said to change in the studio from the affable figure to the rigorous disciplinarian.’

Hiro’s work is published in three monographs and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, George Eastman House, New York, the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Musee Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, The J. Paul Getty Museum, LA, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Kobe Fashion Museum, Japan, amongst others.





Today's News

February 5, 2018

Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum re-imagines the golden age of ocean travel

Playwright Tennessee Williams is the subject of a major exhibition at The Morgan

Exhibition is first to explore Paul Klee's impact on mid-20th-century American art

Major exhibition re-creates the sumptuous ambiance of Napoleon's court

Eli Wilner & Company's recent museum funding projects

First UK exhibition of American artist Ena Swansea on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts

Exhibition tells the story of Alphonse Mucha's epoch-making influence on poster art

Blain/Southern exhibits a selection of landscape paintings and drawings by Avigdor Arikha

Metro Pictures opens exhibition of nineteen new monochromatic paintings by David Maljkovic

Phillips expands its presence in China with appointment of Zhang Wenjia as Regional Director

Reccord-breaking works of art lead Rago to $6.1 million design auctions

Rarely exhibited photographs by Hiro on view at Hamiltons

mumok presents a representative selection from the collection of Alexander Schröder

Boca Raton Museum of Art exhibits works by Arthur Carter

James D. Julia Auctions newly discovered antiques and important historical items offered on Bidsquare

Dirk Braeckman opens double exhibition at M-Museum Leuven and BOZAR Brussels

New installation and performance series by artist Brendan Fernandes opens at The Graham Foundation

Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate hosts exhibition on gun violence

Kari Vehosalo announced as winner of the Ars Fennica Prize Award

New Beirut gallery opens with Eileen Cooper exhibition

Chemould Prescott Road opens Mithu Sen's first solo show in India after eight years

Solo exhibition of Spanish artist José María Sicilia on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel

When is Space? An exhibition on contemporary architecture on view at Jawahar Kala Kendra

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Rare original Star Wars concept art unseen for 35 years may bring $100,000 at Heritage Auctions

2.- Is Robin Cunningham the Mysterious and Unknown Grafitti Artist Banksy?

3.- Banksy shocks art world by shredding £1 million work at auction

4.- Rare sign used on steps when JFK disembarked at Love Field go to auction Oct 13

5.- British curator uncovers rape confession -- 300 years on

6.- Unprecedented loans from the National Portrait Gallery, London, chronicle 500 years of the British monarchy

7.- Kunsthistorisches Museum opens once-in-a-lifetime Pieter Bruegel the Elder exhibition

8.- The tricky process of returning Nazi-looted art

9.- New auction record set for a living female artist

10.- US couple lose bid to win back WWII looted Pissarro painting



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful